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Anna Katharina Schaffner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172301

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.001.0001

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The Death Drive

The Death Drive

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(p.150) 8 The Death Drive
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Exhaustion
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Anna Katharina Schaffner

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.003.0009

This chapter explores the importance of concepts of energy and exhaustion in Freud's oeuvre, with a focus on his theory of the death drive and the idea that our energies can be used up in internal battles between different psychological forces. Literary examples: Melville's 'Bartleby'. Also focuses on Pierre Janet's theory of 'psychasthenia' and on Primo Levi's thoughts on the 'Muselmann'.

Keywords:   Freud, death drive, Bartleby, Pierre Janet, Primo Levi

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